Spicy Chicken Wonton Tacos

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    Have you ever tried The Spicy Chicken Tacos at Applebee’s? My friend was telling me how amazing they are, so I decided to do a little search for the recipe and found it!

  They turned out TERRIFIC! Such a great alternative to Mexican tacos. I will definitely say that they do take some time to make if you fry them. Normally, I am not into long and dragged out recipes, but these are so worth it.

   There is an art to frying these lil’ guys. You need to have some patience and TONGS. I really found that using tongs is what helped me keep them together, without all the chicken falling out, when I turned them to cook on the other side. I really hope you all try these, and then report back to me and let me know what you think!


Spicy Chicken Wonton Tacos
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Delicious Asian-inspired chicken tacos that are simply amazing!
  • 5-6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Package Cole Slaw
  • ¼ cup diced Red Onion
  • 1 (4oz) can of diced Jalapenos
  • ½ Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Asian Dressing/Marinade ( I used Krafts Asian Toasted Sesame dressing/ marinade)
  • 1 package square Wonton Wrappers
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro
  • Limes
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cole slaw, cilantro and diced red onion.
  2. Strain the can of jalepenos’, and add desired amount into the coleslaw mix. ( I only used ¼ of the can because I’m a wimp and cant handle the heat. Use as much as you’d like for your own heat tolerance)
  3. Pour the Asian dressing into the coleslaw mix. ( I used about ¼ cup). Mix well, cover and refigerate for atleast one hour.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and coat with desired amount of Asian dressing/marinade. Cover and refrigerate one hour. (Refigerate both coleslaw and chicken breasts for the same hour)
  5. Grill chicken breasts for atleast 8 minutes or until thoroughly cooked then cut into cubes.
  6. Heat Sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the cubed chicken and red pepper flakes. Stir fry for about 2 minutes or until chicken is hot. Remove chicken from skillet and then set on a large plate.
  7. Add 1 cup vegetable oil to the same skillet and heat over medium to med-low heat.
  8. Place a ‘strip’ of chicken down the center of two wonton wrappers.( I doubled the wonton wrappers because one didnt seem thick enough). Fold up sides, like a taco.
  9. Using tongs, fry the ‘taco’ for atleast 1 minute , turning to make sure both sides are cooked. You want it to be golden brown and crispy.
  10. Top each taco with the coleslaw mixture and a squeeze of fresh lime. Enjoy!
*BAKED VERSION: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill the uncooked wonton wrappers with the cooked chicken. Place in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or so, until wrappers are golden and crispy. Fill tacos with coleslaw mixture and a squeeze of fresh lime! Serve and enjoy ♥

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  1. Oh my gosh, these look crazy delicious! I have not even heard about these at Applebees. Oh heck, who am I kidding, I have not even been to an Applebees in years. First of all, you did a great job with the photos, I know that was not easy taking a picture of you flipping the tacos in the oil and taking a picutre. Trust me, I’ve tried something similar and it’s very hard! GREAT JOB Holly. These things look so gosh darn good!! I FOR SURE am making these!

  2. oh they look great! I had glanced at the picture last night but forgot to read the recipe and write down what I needed. Today at the store I had got it all but couldn’t decide if you used wonton wrappers or corn tortillas. I know won tons are the obvious choice…. I got both. So now I am set this looks great!

  3. Love the photos! BoomNoodle in Seattle’s University Village serves appetizer Ahi Tacos in crispy won ton shells and they are delish.
    @Annie’sDish – I’m still grinning over your Chicken Wanton line.

  4. These sound wonderful! It is so funny that you posted this recipe now because I just bought some egg roll wrappers today and was wondering what all I could make to use them up (I have one recipe that is only going to use some of them)

  5. Thank you for posting this recipe! I had never been a huge Applebees fan until a friend of mine took me to lunch there before I moved and suggested the wonton tacos. Love! I ended up eating there 3 or 4 more times before we actually moved. They are awesome! Now I don’t have an Applebees close by and I’m quite sure I’m in need of some of these tacos. Yum!

  6. I love these “tacos” from Appebees, can’t wait to try his. I am also going to try them as egg rolls by dicing the chicken and mixing all the ingredients together. YUM!

  7. These look so delicious!! I have to try them.

    My sisters and I just started our first themed blog hop over at http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com
    beginning tomorrow. This weeks theme is appetizers. We would love for you to come over and share these or any of your favorite appetizer recipes with our blog readers. Have a great weekend.


  8. I made them last night and they were incredible! I slow cooked the chicken/marinade/red pepper ahead of time and it shredded into perfect strips for the wraps. I was out of cilantro, red onion, and sesame oil, but did everything else as you said and it still tasted complete and DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting! My tummy is very happy. 🙂

  9. Save time and calories (and the whole headache of the filling falling out) by baking the wontons. Follow recipe the same except place wonton wrapers on a breadpan (or other oven safe pan/dish about same size) to create folded base and bake in heated oven at 375 for 5 minutes or until golden. Fill with chicken and slaw.

  10. I love Applebee’s chicken won ton tacos!!! I was so excited when I came across your blog. I asked a manager how they made the Asian slaw and my memory is so bad while shopping I couldn’t remember what she had told me. I ended up buying peanut sauce and terryaki and let’s say that was gross!!! Can’t wAit to make this!!! Thank you so much

  11. Hats off to you for putting so much work into these little tacos. I recently went through a 2 month craving over these bundles of joy. Lol I have to tell ya, I didn’t have the time nor did I want to wait for my tacos. I wanted them NOW! ( I had it bad ya’ll) so here’s my quick fix tacos that turned out well enough to make me happy and in the end that was all that mattered. Especially to my husband! lol.
    – frozen cooked Chicken strips thawed
    – bag of Asian salad from the produce section of the grocery store. It has everything you need including the dressing
    – wonton wrappers
    – oil for frying
    – limes
    – any seasonings or condiments you may want to make it more suitable to your taste.
    I don’t fry mine with the chicken inside and I only use one wrapper. I make a “cigar” shaped foil template and wrap my wonton around it and hold it together at the top. Same method as with the chicken inside.
    Then enjoy! I’m sure Holly’s version has a better developed flavor but this version can’t be best for speed and ease.

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